Kelechi Nwakali moves up another division but still waiting for Arsenal work permit

The Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has been out on loan for the last two seasons, the first one in the Dutch second division with MVV Maastricht and then moved up to the top division with VVV Venlo last season.

It has already been reported that he is now going to move up to the European giants Porto next season so we will see if he can handle the increase in pace and power. But the Nigerian international will be upset that he didn’t make the cut for the World Cup, but with the African side not setting the competition alight in Russia he will be hoping that he can start getting regular call ups soon so that he can get the requisite number of international games to qualify for a work permit for England and finally get to play a game for the Gunners.

But if he can impress his bosses at Porto it will make it much more likely that he will get his chances next season, and with the African Nations Cup coming up next summer as well he could finally get his wish to move to England. He first became a Nigerian hero when he captained his country to the 2015 U-17 World Cup title, winning the Golden Ball Award along the way, which was when he was snapped up by Arsenal. Surely a good season at Porto will put him back into international favour?



  1. Heyzee says:

    Nwakali…such a talent…will only get better under the tutelage of a good coach…I hope he sorts out his work permit issues soon so he can come back and improve at arsenal…really one for the future.

    1. kev says:

      I rate Nwakali as much as I rate AMN and I think he has more potential just that his chance is yet to come.I hope to see him and AMN in our midfield one day.Hes so good with the ball at is feet and will be a world class box to box player should all go as expected.

      1. Heyzee says:

        Spot on

        1. Break-on-through says:

          I looked up Whoscored, Sky Sports, Squawka. To find Leno’s errors in statistics. I could not find all these errors people seem to be finding. I don’t believe you looked up his mistakes, and even if you did it is too much to ask people to believe it is only a coincidence that people spoke after one bad report came out about the guy. There was over a month before that report, the tune was a different one. Why didn’t you enlighten people at the time before his arrival or there about’s.

          1. kev says:

            I’ve seen the stat that RSH talked about before.
            I also saw a stat today about save percentage involving Leno and Cech along with other top European keepers and they were terrible.
            There was a keeper we were linked to called Timo Horn who was even worse.Having said that stats are stats and don’t consider the scenario and many other factors.

  2. gotanidea says:

    He will be loaned to Porto B

    If he can step up to be a key player for Porto’s first team, he will surely be called back to Arsenal in the next season

    Some articles said he is a striker, but some said he is a midfielder

  3. kev says:

    I’m not blowing my own horn but hope you guys remember weeks back when I said the deal was done?

    As Ive said several times Ramsey already has already agreed to sign a new deal and this coming week everything should become clear.Lets see if he honours his word which is dry very likely considering he will be getting a huge pay rise,the captaincy and first team football.

    Jeff Reine Adelaide situation: He has multiple offers on the table from French, German as well as English clubs.We would prefer a loan move to Bournemouth or Cardiff to gain PL experience, but ultimately Jeff will decide. Emery wants it sorted by next week. We won’t sell unless someone offers 15 million and includes a buy back clause, which nobody has.

    I hope Willian to Barca goes through so that we can finally have Dembele.Likely to be a loan with option/obligation to buy or if we sign him the fee will be spread over several years if it’s huge.

    1. gotanidea says:

      It seems Ramsey doesn’t want to sign, which is no big deal because Denis Suarez, Max Meyer and Rafinha are available. We also have Rowe and Maitland-Niles ready

      Adelaide did not enough chances because of his injury, but I hope he can prove himself on a loan, because he is very talented

      Willian is way better than Dembele, but Willian is much older. I wonder why Barcelona want to sign a much older player, even though Dembele was not impressive in the last season?

      1. kev says:

        Ramsey is very very likely to sign and reports pur even suggesting he’ll sign this week.
        Imagine if you were Ramsey will you leave?Knowing you’re not that good and can get a massive pay rise making you one of the highest paid players in a team like Arsenal along with being the captain.Just imagine.He won’t leave because we will pay him more than what his talent deserves.
        Dembele to Arsenal will be the same as Henry to Arsenal from Juve.They’re going to really really regret selling him
        All he needs is a strong mentality that’s all.

    2. jon fox says:

      Kev, I would have thought, as surely would others too, that reminding us that you had said a deal was done “weeks back” is precisely what people generally mean when saying so and so is blowing their own horn. I also wonder WHY you feel the need to remind others how accurate your tips are (which they sometimes are and sometimes are not, though the frequency of accuracy is NOT my point) I could understand if you were for example a racing tipster and using tips to make money from those who believed you and were paying you subscriptions. But that is not the case, so why do it so often, unless you feel the need to boost your personal self esteem. As you yourself say, it is not because you are a special insider within our club. So why ? I will say, however , that you are clearly a keen and well informed , in general, fan who cares about Arsenal so my comments are not intended in a particularly critical way, but rather , by sheer curiosity as to the reason you do what you do.

      1. kev says:

        So that people will know that it’s not rubbish as some seem to think it is.No need to boost my self esteem because I’ve had many right and the Ramsey one will probably come to pass and there’s no need for me to say “I told you so” because people have already taken note.

        1. Admin says:

          You may not “need to say it” but you do continually…….

          1. kev says:

            Sorry for that.Not looking for self praise and tbh I don’t need it.Just said that because this news as way way back.

            Also I don’t know what’s going on but Barca have reportedly bid £65m + add one for Willian.I pray Chelsea accept this fourth bid if true so Dembele can come.

          2. waal2waal says:

            …wondering does what on earth would possess a the boy to give up a chance of playing in the champions league to play in the europa league? personally i can’t see this dembele to arsenal happening. i wonder is he the option we desperately need at this moment in time??

          3. waal2waala says:

            …wondering what on earth would possess the boy to give up a chance…

          4. waal2waal says:

            wondering what on earth would possess the boy to give up a chance to play in…

          5. jon fox says:

            That’s a very notable point . I am convinced we are not in for Dembele and even if we were- which we are surely not- he would not come. Whyever would he want to!

  4. Declan says:

    Just read some reports that Lazio are interested in Iwobi for €20-25 million! Heck man, I’m ready and waiting to drive you there in my Italian Abarth, it’s preety damn quick and we could be there tomorrow if we go today!

    1. ozes says:

      iwobi shouldn’t be sold the guy has talent just mismanaged, let’s see what he can do with emery first instead of letting him go now.

      1. waal2waal says:

        iwobi: succeeded in scoring 3 goals in 30 appearances …it kinda puts things in perspective, don’t it?

      2. jon fox says:

        Speaking as a fan who desperately wanted Wenger sacked for his whole last decade, I neveretheless do not totally blame everything on him. A hell of a lot, certainly, but not IWOBI. IWOBI IS JUST NOT MATURE ENOUGH FOR US. He permanently looks bewildered and that is because he is. He has nothing about him and I would love him sold for whatever we can get.

    2. Rkw says:

      Sell sell sell ….

  5. ruelando says:

    I am hoping that this loan will allow Kelechi to get his work permit for next season.
    In the case of Iwobi if he is sold we will be losing one of our Homegrown talents and yes there are better players available, but I feel Iwobi has been left to his own development by the past regime and needs individual attention to be moulded into the player i think he could be.

    Iwobi reminds of a player who needs a stern talking to from the coach and a ban from social activities until the coach sees inprovement, so if he is not going to benefit from Emery’s studying of his game, then a loan should be the outcome not a sale

  6. Gifted says:

    For those people asking why Dembele would want to come to Arsenal …I think the boy would relish Auba and Mikhi connection once again…plus he needs to get his career back on track and with Barcelona tracking Wilian, he is not sure abt his playing time

  7. Senile says:

    Nwakali is a huge talent and better than most midfielders Nigeria took to the world cup. He was given a chance in a friendly with Athletico which he took with both hands with a spectacular goal. But it is what is, the coach stuck with the ‘known’ players.
    Hr can pass, he can get out of space, he can shoot and score.
    I hope we don’t lose him.

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